Blackdotted Grouper, Epinephelus stictus Randall & Allen 1987

Other Names: Black-dotted Groper, Black-dotted Grouper, Six-banded Grouper

Blackdotted Grouper, Epinephelus stictus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

A yellowish-brown grouper becoming whitish below, with small dark dots on the upper sides, 5 faint oblique bars on sides, pale reddish-orange underside of head and chest, and a narrow dark margin on the soft dorsal and caudal fins.

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Blackdotted Grouper, Epinephelus stictus Randall & Allen 1987

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Off northwestern Western Australia to  north-east of Darwin, Northern Territory. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific - southern Japan, Hong Kong, Hainan Islands of China, Vietnam, South China Sea, Java, and northwestern Australia.


Although commonly caught in parts of its range, the species is valued commercially due to its small size and poor eating quality.

Species Citation

Epinephelus stictus Randall & Allen 1987, Rec. W. A. Mus. 13(3): 394, fig. 1. Type locality: about 20 km south of Heywood Shoals, WA [13°33´S, 124°02´E]. 


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Blackdotted Grouper, Epinephelus stictus Randall & Allen 1987


Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Perth : Western Australian Museum 292 pp. 106 pls. 

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. 

Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1993. Groupers of the World (Family Serranidae, Subfamily Epinephelinae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of grouper, rockcod, hind, coral grouper and lyretail species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 16. Rome: FAO. pp. 1-382. 

Heemstra, P.C. & Randall, J.E. 1999. Family Serranidae. pp. 2442-2548 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790.

Randall, J.E. & Allen, G.R. 1987. Four new serranid fishes of the genus Epinephelus (Perciformes: Epinephelinae) from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 13(3): 387-411.

Randall, J.E. & Heemstra, P.C. 1991. Revision of Indo-Pacific groupers (Perciformes: Serranidae: Epinephelinae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pacific Fishes 20: 1-332.

Russell, B., Pollard, D., Carpenter, K. & Heemstra, P.C. 2008. Epinephelus stictus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T132749A3440489. Downloaded on 21 July 2016.

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CAAB Code:37311018

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:35–140 m

Habitat:Muddy, sandy areas

Max Size:33 cm SL

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